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Help with activity costs and school uniforms

If you’re on a low income and live in England, your local education authority might help you with some other costs, such as uniforms or musical instrument lessons.

You’re probably on a low income if you get means-tested benefits such as Universal Credit, tax credit or Income Support, Housing Benefit, Employment Support Allowance or Jobseeker’s Allowance.

If you’re not sure, you can ask staff at your local education authority.

There may also be local charitable schemes to help with school uniforms, it’s worth checking with the school to see if it knows of any.

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Schools can sometimes also advise on finding cheap or free secondhand uniforms.

In Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you may be able to get a school uniform grant.

In Northern Ireland, this is up to £93.60 for the oldest secondary school pupils, up to £150 in Scotland, and up to £300 in Wales through the Pupil Development Grant, which covers school uniform and other costs.

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